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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2014 8:29 p.m. PST





Dabbing with a sponge and stencil? Dry-brushing? Suggestions? Tutorials? Pics?


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artbraune19 Apr 2014 8:37 p.m. PST

HO scale graffiti decals… Then stippling over it? When in doubt turn to the model railroad community..l

TNE230019 Apr 2014 8:41 p.m. PST
JezEger Inactive Member19 Apr 2014 11:01 p.m. PST

I've seen this done well with salt weathering applied first. Spray area with hairspray, dribble some salt on so it sticks. Paint graffiti on then wash off salt. That first pic looks exactly like salt weathering.

Etranger Inactive Member20 Apr 2014 2:01 a.m. PST

For some ideas on weathering buildings in general
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McWong7320 Apr 2014 3:26 a.m. PST

drybrush the daylights out of it, be quicker than some of the fancier weathering methods.

zrunelord20 Apr 2014 8:03 a.m. PST

Hello again Dan,
You can also use graphite pencils, pastel pencils,chalk,colour pencils etc.& then use tissue paper or cloth or ear buds & the appropriate solvent to do them up as you want. It is almost basically what is done in pastel drawing.
Just remember the texture of the base will effect the end result & the varnish will effect the drawing especially if using pastels or chalk.
Hope this helps

MacrossMartin Inactive Member20 Apr 2014 8:09 a.m. PST

Dan -

Simple – here's a technique I've employed before:

Apply grafitti / signage as decals. When dry, but before varnishing, selectively dab on some General Purpose thinners (100% Hydrocarbon). This stuff melts decals, allowing you to partially remove them from the surface.

Be aware though – GP Thinners attacks just about anything that's plastic. Use sparingly!

grommet37 Inactive Member20 Apr 2014 10:49 a.m. PST


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART20 Apr 2014 1:14 p.m. PST

I just use stippling with the background color(s)

Queen Catherine22 Apr 2014 10:08 a.m. PST

On a rough surface, I'd draw in the graffitti with colored pencil, then do stippling over that and any other part of the wall that is meant to show wear.

Fizzypickles Inactive Member14 May 2014 11:52 a.m. PST

Chipping medium perhaps?

combat wombat Inactive Member14 May 2014 12:09 p.m. PST

print in a water mark

Maxim C Gatling Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 1:43 p.m. PST

Chipping medium gives amazing results. I'm new to it, so I'm still experimenting with it, but I've had some accidental masterpieces. Worth a try if you've got an airbrush.

Maxim C Gatling Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 1:49 p.m. PST

Paint the wall, let dry
Stipple chipping medium (there's different mediums for different "wear" effects), let dry
Paint the sign, let dry
Soft toothbrush in a little water, scrub gently until desired effect is achieved.

I think that's how I did it… :)

I do remember that if you just put the medium over the area, you have to be careful you don't just obliterate the entire thing. If you stipple, (or spatter), then you can't accidentally erase the entire job. Definitely try it out on a piece of spare plasticard. If you do it right, it looks perfect because you're literally making it look worn by artificially wearing it. Make sense?

Smokey Roan Inactive Member20 Apr 2017 8:24 p.m. PST

Print it out on cheap paper. Or cut out magazine pics. Carefully sand the back of paper, with very fine grit, until it's almost translucent.

Dip in a 50/50 water/PVA mix. Apply. It will conform to the surface of your building, especially brick/stone work.

Looks GREAT!

An old model railroading trick.

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Apr 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

New trick to me! Thanks Bart!

Maxim C Gatling Inactive Member21 Apr 2017 2:56 p.m. PST

I forgot about that one, Smokey.

There's a YouTube video on it somewhere. If you're doing posters/billboards etc. it looks incredible.

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